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Precision Pest Control Application (Code 595)

Precision Pest Control Equipment

The Natural Resources Conservation Service is offering conservation assistance by encouraging California growers to use new and innovative agricultural emission reduction practices and technologies that provide significant environmental benefits to our natural resources.

The California Air Resources Board and the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) have developed plans to track and reduce Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) emissions from pesticide use.  This effort is part of California’s State Implementation Plan to meet federal and state ambient ozone standards.  DPR has a map available that identifies those areas affected by California’s regulations to reduce VOC emissions from pesticides:

For more information on DPR’s efforts for improving air quality:

To assist with these emission reduction efforts, eligible producers may receive payment assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) to utilize precision spray application technologies and adopt integrated pest management (IPM) strategies for reducing fugitive VOC emissions from pesticide application.  Each eligible application undergoes a screening and ranking process to consider the air quality benefits of any planned conservation practice, as identified by local, state and national priorities.  Proposals within any federally designated ozone nonattainment area of California will receive a higher priority.

Practice Standard:  595 – Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

California growers must meet EQIP eligibility requirements to qualify for payments.

  • Through a conservation plan, EQIP contracts and annual payments may be available for up to three years.
  • Because this treatment is a management practice, not available are payments for replacing conventional sprayers with newer technologies.
  • The precision pest control application must provide a 20% reduction in VOC emissions over conventional methods according to peer-reviewed research.  Priority is for Photo ID and Sonar sensing-type technologies.
  • Not eligible are non-Photo ID targeting applicators, spray nozzle modification technologies, electro-static sprayers, open flame desiccation, or other non-target recognition technologies. Precision sprayer technologies already used on the property are also not eligible.
  • The land enrolled under the contract must be owned or in long-term control of the producer, be in cropland, and be part of a field that is currently being treated with VOC-containing pesticides. Use reports for the planned acres should be reviewed by NRCS as part of the EQIP application.
  • Apply at least one IPM mitigation technique from the Pesticide Volatilization section of Agronomy Technical Note 5 - Pest Management in the Conservation Planning Process. 
  • The relative effectiveness of the IPM pest management mitigation technique for drift is up to 20.
  • Tech Note 5 is available at:
  • An IPM plan developed per UC Guidelines for a single target pest of the crop in-which the precision pest control technology is to be used.

For More Information.

For more information about the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, please contact your local USDA Service Center.  A directory is available at:


Updated: 12/14/2018